SEOUL Jan 17 South Korean retailer E-Land Group agreed to buy U.S. footwear maker K-Swiss Inc for around 200 billion won ($189 million), a South Korean newspaper reported on Thursday.
The Korea Economic Daily, citing unnamed investment banking sources, said E-Land is expected to acquire at least 70 percent of K-Swiss and is looking at buying out minority shareholders to take full ownership of the footwear maker.
K-Swiss could not be immediately reached for comment, while an E-Land spokesman declined to comment.
E-Land, a privately-owned retailing group, has added outlets, leisure holdings and upmarket brands such as bags and wallet maker Mandarina Duck in a series of acquisitions since 2009.
Last year, it joined a consortium that bid for, but failed to acquire, the U.S. Major League Los Angeles Dodgers baseball franchise.